Williamson 40* drives New Zealand after Yasir Shah strikes

To date NZ remain one of the four sides that won a Test in the UAE since Pakistan adopted the country as their home

They have a potent bowling attack with Mohammad Abbas, who broke Australia's back with a ten-wicket haul at the same venue last month, leading the pace department.

However, it will be interesting to see how the Kiwis respond here as they have not played any Test match in the last seven months. Jeet Raval got some game time during the unofficial Test series in the UAE and could continue his good record in the longer format.

Sarfraz Ahmed (C & wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi/Mir Hamza. Asif gave a good account of himself in his debut series against Australia where he picked up nine wickets in the two Tests including a 6/36 in his first game in Dubai.

Where Pakistan vs New Zealand taking place? The Test series is expected to go down the wire given New Zealand's ability to adapt to the subcontinent conditions quickly.

"They both are outstanding bowlers and bowling well for a long time".

He said it "has normal characteristics for a cricket wicket in this part of the world".


Test match specialist batsmen Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali also returned, while opening batsman Imamul Haq recovered from a head injury sustained during the ODI series against New Zealand. SkyGo app and website will also provide the live streaming for the users with the premium membership in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Yasir has been a match victor on the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates (UAE) where Pakistan have been forced to play since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team suspended worldwide cricket back home. Apart from him, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls will be the key components in the batting department.

"Coming into Pakistan's home series, naturally there is a lot of work to do for the overseas side to adapt to the conditions, but it is a fresh series".

Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, William Somerville.

The form of some of their batsmen will be a concern for the selectors and they will need De Grandhomme especially to step up to support the star men like Williamson and Taylor, while they will rely heavily on their veteran pacemen and spinner Ish Sodhi to make the difference with the ball.

The conditions in Abu Dhabi are expected to be humid and while there is rain predicted it should not have much of an impact on the game.

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